Yebbut... if you want to make good progress, then... https://app.strava.com/activities/139546875We did Lejog a while back - I'd agree with staying off the A30. We did it in 9 days, and at the time I was up for using it, but there are some really lovely country roads round Devon and Cornwall, and if you've got a decent GPS that gives you some turn by turn navigation, then you can get through them without having to check the map every turning... tbh, you're missing out if you take the A30.
TouchéVery good work lejogger that was very quick... but when I did it I spent more time on the bike.... who's the real winner!?
I have also done the old A30 and an excellent and empty road.The A30 is horrendous!!! Even when I used to ride a small motorbike (a 125cc) I didn't feel very safe, let alone on a push bike!
The *old* A30 on the other hand is really quite a nice route from Exeter to Okehampton, I ride it fairly often to visit friends.
Zelah is a pain. I turned down a job because the commute would be too far unless I used the A30.Worth noting that if you ask Google Maps for a LEJOG route - which I'm sure people do - then it routes you up the A30 for the fiveish miles before Zelah.
It's the single-carriageway missing link section, so not as lethal as the dual carriageway, but even then there's not a cat in hell's chance I'd personally use it... and by definition people who plan their cycling with Google Maps are probably less knowledgeable and confident cyclists.
other route-planning websites are available